DO I DO from Peter White’s album Groovin’ at #1

Peter’s first single “Do I Do” from his latest album Groovin’ was #1 on Billboard for four weeks straight from the weeks of Feb 4 thru Feb 25. Groovin’ is Peter’s 3rd album of tunes from the ’60s and ’70s.

Like so many millions of us, guitarist Peter White still feels closest to the music he absorbed while growing up. As a British teen in the ’60s, he kept his ears glued to the radio—soaking up the exciting new sounds of rock bands like the Beatles and soul giants like Stevie Wonder—and tried to learn how to play those songs on the acoustic guitar his dad had given him. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it, and now, after more than four decades as both a leader and sideman, he’s returning to those tunes that impacted him so forcefully in his youth.

Groovin’, released on October 28, 2016 via Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group, is White’s third collection of guitar-centric interpretations of timeless compositions from those halcyon years of the 1950s to the ’80s. Taking up where his previous all-covers albums Reflections (1994) and Playin’ Favorites (2006) left off, Groovin’ finds White not only nostalgic but adventurous and playful, injecting vocal shadings and bold horn charts into the mix, and even some tougher guitar sounds than he’s generally known for.

“I always gravitate toward this era,” says White about the songs he chooses to cover. “At that time the music meant more to me than at any other time in my life.”

Groovin’ takes its title from the Rascals’ tropical-hued ballad hit of 1967, and also includes, from that heady decade, the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere.” From the same era, the R&B classic “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” a hit for both Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight, gets a distinctive new reading here by White, as does Otis Redding’s timeless “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” The oldest tune, “Sleep Walk,” was a number one instrumental hit in 1959 by Santo and Johnny in the United States, but White actually heard it first by the Shadows, a British guitar combo massively popular in the U.K. that never really caught on in the States.

Several songs on Groovin’ originated in the 1970s and ’80s, the decade that White considers his “cutoff point.” The Stevie Wonder track that follows “Groovin’” on the album is “Do I Do,” from 1982, and “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” originally recorded by Stephanie Mills, is also an ’80s-vintage track. “I Can See Clearly Now,” the classic reggae chart-topper by Johnny Nash, the Three Degrees’ Gamble and Huff-penned “When Will I See You Again” and “How Long,” the Paul Carrack-written hit by Ace, all stem from the first half of the ’70s.

For White, the challenge in interpreting such familiar music is in putting his own stamp on a number while retaining the characteristics that make it instantly recognizable.

“I like playing covers because if you can take a song that people know, by a well-known artist, and make it your own, then you have defined yourself as an artist,” he says. “One of the purposes in my making these cover albums is that I want to be very faithful to the melody. But I ask myself, if I had just come up with this idea and it had never been recorded before, how would I record this song? Do I need to use any part of the original arrangement, and if I don’t then let’s not. On at least half the songs on this album, if you took my melody off, you would not recognize the song.”

Song Listing:
1. Groovin’
2. Do I Do
3. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
4. How Long
5. I Can See Clearly Now
6. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
7. Never Knew Love Like This Before
8. Sleepwalk
9. When Will I See You Again
10. Here, There and Everywhere

 

Check out Peter White’s album Groovin’:
iTunes- http://bit.ly/PWgrooviniT
Amazon- http://bit.ly/PWgroovinAmzn
International- http://bit.ly/PWcdstore

 

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A Peter White Christmas with a New Addition in 2016

A Peter White Christmas is back featuring smooth jazz legend Rick Braun and for the first time, saxophonist extraordinaire Euge Groove. This fun-filled concert has delighted fans and has become a holiday tradition since 2003.

Peter White is an extraordinary and fluent acoustic guitarist whose skills are world renowned. Rick Braun is a masterful trumpet/flugelhorn player whose warm tones transform the simplest melody into a work of art. Euge Groove joins the tour this year (as an added twist) after Mindi Abair decided to take some time off. He is not only one of the most successful contemporary jazz saxophonists of our time but he is also a prolific composer, producer and radio host (Smooth Jazz 24/7).

Separately they have sold millions of records – together they create a very special, once in a lifetime Christmas extravaganza! 

Check out the tour schedule to see if they’re performing in a city near you!

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New Album- Peter White Christmas Live featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun- Available Now!

Enjoy the fun and excitement of the Christmas season as Peter White, Mindi Abair and Rick Braun invite you to experience their hugely popular Christmas show on a new CD! Now in it’s 12th year, their show has become a mainstay for many fans around the USA as the three friends jingle their way from one city to another for 3 weeks every year starting in late November.

The CD highlights their close harmony singing as well as the instrumental prowess that they are known for – Peter on guitar, Mindi on saxophone and Rick on the trumpet. Along with many popular tunes, songs include “Silent Night” in a unique arrangement by Peter White, “Santa Baby”, sung by Mindi Abair doing her best Eartha Kitt, and Rick Braun singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in a very folksy version that invites the audience to sing along.

Includes Nate Phillips on bass and vocals, Ron Reinhardt on keys and Stevo Theard on drums and vocals. Bring home the energy and fun of their holiday show- a perfect stocking stuffer!

Available exclusively at Peter’s CD store and at live performances. For more information, visit bit.ly/pwxmaslive

Peter White Christmas Tour 2015

November 21 – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Lewis Family Playhouse
November 27 – Austin, TX – One World Theatre
November 28 – Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
November 29 – Akron, OH – The Tangier
December 2 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
December 3 – Collingswood, NJ – Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre
December 4 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
December 5 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 6 – Reading, PA – Miller Center for the Arts
December 8 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts
December 9 – Stuart, FL – The Lyric Theatre
December 10 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
December 11 – Fort Walton Beach, FL – Emerald Coast Convention Center
December 12 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
December 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
December 15 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theatre
December 16 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
December 17 – Sacramento, CA – Red Lion Hotel Woodlake
December 18 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre
December 19 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theater
December 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum Theater*

*excludes Rick Braun at this performance

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Peter White Christmas Live! featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun

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Be a Part of Peter White’s “Smile” Video!

Now is your chance to be included in Peter White’s new music video for the title track to his latest album Smile. Submit your favorite Smile photo – with family, with friends and loved ones, with your pet(s) or simply just a photo of you! A smile is the shortest distance between two people. Have fun and be creative!

Photos are to be in high resolution, 1920×1080 or higher. Submissions MUST be received by midnight PST on August 31, 2015 to be considered eligible.

Submit your high resolution photo(s) of 1920×1080 or higher to pwsmilevideo@gmail.com along with the following information:
First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
City/State:
Country:
Age:

For more details, visit http://bit.ly/PWSmileVideo

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The Year of the Cat Returns and More at the Royal Albert Hall

In October of 2013, Al Stewart performed his entire Year of the Cat album with a full band at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. The reaction to this unprecedented event was so positive that Stewart and the band are reuniting for 2 more dates- May 16 and May 22, 2015. Included in the lineup will be some of the musicians that worked with Stewart on the original 1976 Year of the Cat recording – Peter White (piano, acoustic guitar, music director), Tim Renwick (electric guitar) and Stuart Elliot (drums). Joining them will be longtime Stewart collaborators Dave Nachmanoff (guitar), Mark Griffiths (bass) and Marc Macisso (sax and flute), as well as Gabby Young and Stephen Ellis (vocals) and virtuoso percussionist, Joe Becket.

For the first time ever, these London shows will feature a performance of two of Stewart’s classic albums from the seventies – Year of the Cat and Past, Present and Future, both in their entirety.

The 1976 multi-million selling album Year of the Cat album, produced by Alan Parsons, was Al Stewart’s largest hit, his commercial breakthrough in both the United States and Europe peaking at #5 in the US and #38 in the UK. Stewart’s fifth studio album, Past, Present and Future was released in 1973 and was considered his first “major album”. What made this recording different from his previous recordings was the underlying historical theme, with each song representing a decade of the 20th century. This historical approach to song writing was different from his previous, folkier work, and has become a style that has stayed with him for most of his career.

Songs from Year of the Cat:
Lord Grenville | On The Border | Midas Shadow | Sand In Your Shoes | If It Doesn’t Come Naturally Leave It | Flying Sorcery | Broadway Hotel | One Stage Before | Year of the Cat

Songs from Past, Present and Future:
Old Admirals | Warren Harding | Soho | The Last Day of June 1934 | Post World War Two Blues | Roads to Moscow | Terminal Eyes | Nostradamus

For information and tickets, click Here.

Al Stewart performing the albums Year of the Cat & Past, Present and Future at the Royal Albert Hall- May 16 and 22, 2015.

Al Stewart performing the albums Year of the Cat & Past, Present and Future at the Royal Albert Hall- May 16 and 22, 2015.

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“Head Over Heels” Boogies at Billboard’s #1 for 9 Weeks Straight

“Head Over Heels”, the first single from Peter White’s latest album Smile has been making a splash. The song hit No. 1 for 9 straight weeks on Billboard‘s Top Smooth Jazz Song chart from November 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015. Rick Braun’s energetic playing on flugelhorn is featured throughout, and the two definitely know how to boogie and have a cause for celebration.

Visit www.peterwhite.com or any of the links below to hear song samples of the album.
iTunes link – http://bit.ly/PWsmileiTunes
Amazon link – http://bit.ly/PWsmileAmzn
CD Store link – http://bit.ly/PWcdstore

White’s goal on every album is “to produce a story that has adventures; that has different styles that take you to different places,” and he does just that.  Co-Producer DC joins White on Smile along with special guests vocalist Mindi Abair, trumpeter Rick Braun, soprano saxophonist Euge Groove, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, bassist Nate Phillips, violinist (and daughter) Charlotte White, Ramon Yslas on bongos and vocalist Stevo Theard.

Head Over Heels at Billboard #1

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Other notables:

  • The album remained at #1 for 7 weeks in a row on both SmoothJazz.com Top 50 and Radar charts
  • Smooth Jazz 24/7’s Jimi King named “Head Over Heels” as his personal #1 song of 2014
  • JazzTrax named “Smile” as the #2 album of 2014
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Peter White’s New Album Will Make You ‘Smile’!

Peter White’s 14th solo album Smile is set for release October 7. This is his third album for Heads Up/Concord and completes a trilogy of CDs comprising all original material. Good Day was the first, released in 2009, which was followed by Here We Go in 2012. Smile is the last in this series. Peter was inspired to follow this path when, after recording an entire CD of cover songs in 2006, a fan mentioned to him that even though they liked that album, they preferred his original songs more.

Peter’s goal for every album is simple – in his own words, “to produce a story that has adventures, using a variety of styles that take you on a musical journey.” Smile includes an impressive array of guests, including Mindi Abair on vocals, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Euge Groove, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, bassist Nate Phillips, Ramon Yslas on Latin percussion, vocalist Stevo Theard, and last but not least, his own daughter Charlotte White (13) on violin.

To Order:
Amazonhttp://bit.ly/PWsmileAmzn
iTuneshttp://bit.ly/PWsmileiTunes
My CD Store (including international orders) – http://bit.ly/PWcdstore

Track Listings:
1. Smile
2. In Rainbows
3. Floating In Air
4. Head Over Heels
5. Coming Home
6. Nightfall
7. Hold Me Close
8. Beautiful Love
9. Don Quixote’s Final Quest
10. Awakening (Jordan’s Song)

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